Parent & Guardian Updates

School Site Council: Thank you to the parents and guardians who indicated an interest in the School Site Council! A reminder to all parents and guardians, please vote for parent & guardian members for our School Site Council. Voting will close on 9/23 and we plan to inform candidate members by 9/24.  We have five candidates for three positions; please vote using this form: DVS School Site Council Election Form for Parent/Guardian Representation. The three candidates with the highest number of votes will be elected to the School Site Council for the 22-23 school year. The first School Site Council Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, 9/29 at 5pm on Zoom. 

Parent Office Hours with Administration: Parent Office Hours with administration will be held every even week. Since this week is Week 6, we will be meeting at this zoom link this Thursday, September 22nd from 4:30-5:30. This will be a casual time of updating, chatting, and Q&A. 

Canvas: Thank you for your patience as we adjust to Canvas. We are working on Canvas parent portals. Parent login information should be sent out this week, parents should then have setting options to adjust notifications. Thank you for your patience and apologies for the many emails you may have been receiving from Canvas.

Week 6 Preview

Dear DVS Students and Families,

We had another great week at DVS! We hope students enjoyed the Friday off as staff had a very productive Professional Development Day. We had a wonderful Community Dialogue this week. The whole school gathered in the gym to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Thank you, Latinos Unidos, Latinx Club, and Mecha Clubs for leading the school in this celebration by sharing their personal stories of what Hispanic Heritage means to them. 

Honors: Honors rollout in classes will continue this week. Honors is an option that is available to all students. Honors projects, assignments, and criteria may vary by course. Please note the Honors Signup Form has been extended to the end of Week 6 and is due Friday, September 23rd.    

Canvas Access: Thank you for your patience as we continue to adapt and transition to Canvas as the learning management platform. Parent and guardian logins for Canvas will be issued very soon. For now, we encourage you to use your student’s login information to view course information on Canvas.

Picture Day Makeups: Last call for picture makeups and retakes will be this Tuesday, 9/20 from 9:30-10:30 am. Student IDs will be issued soon. 

School Site Council: Thank you to the parents and guardians who indicated an interest in the School Site Council! We have five candidates for three positions; please vote using this form: DVS School Site Council Election Form for Parent/Guardian Representation The three candidates with the highest number of votes will be elected to the School Site Council for the 22-23 school year. The first School Site Council Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, 9/29 at 4:30 pm on Zoom. 

Important Upcoming Dates:

  • Tuesday, 9/20: Picture Day Makeups
  • Thursday, 9/29: School Site Council Meeting #1 @ 4:30pm via Zoom
  • Wednesday, 10/12: PSAT/SAT Testing Day
  • Thursday, 10/13: No School – Professional Development Day
  • Friday, 10/14: No School – Professional Development Day
  • Monday, 10/17 – Thursday, 10/20: Student-Led Conferences
  • Friday, 11/11: No School – Veterans Day Holiday
  • Thursday, 11/10: Exhibition Night (grades 10th, 12th, & Spanish Dept.)
  • Monday, 11/21 – Friday, 11/25: No School – Thanksgiving Break

Week 6 Schedule:

Have a wonderful weekend!

School Site Council Reminder

Hello DVS Families,

We are still looking to form our DVS School Site Council! School Site Council (SSC) is an opportunity for parents, students, and staff to work collaboratively to review the school program, review data and identify needs, and make recommendations for the Local Control and Accountability Plan. It is also a great way to get to know each other. If you are interested in joining our DVS School Site Council, please fill out  School Site Council Parent Interest Form by Wednesday, 9/14 (extended due date). All submissions will be added to a voting form that will go out to the DVS parent community by 9/15. School Site Council members will be notified, September 16th. SSC Meetings will be held on the following dates: 9/28, 1/19, 2/9, 5/18, and 6/1 from 4:30-5:30 via Zoom. Please note the first SSC meeting has been changed from 9/22 to 9/29. Thank you! 

College Representatives Continue this Week

Hello DVS Families!  Visits from college representatives will continue this week.   All meetings are during lunch time and in Mr. Perez’s classroom.  Two meetings are scheduled for this week:

Wednesday, 9/14: U.S. Air Force
Thursday, 9/15: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Future college representative visits will be included in the “Week Preview” . We encourage students to come learn about the programs and services of universities they are interested in.  All grade-levels are welcome!

Week 5 Preview

We had another great and busy week at DVS! Students started seminars this week and seem to be enjoying their seminar classes as they explore interests and/or participate in physical activities during this time. 

  • School Reminders we are off to a great start and would like to maintain a positive and safe learning environment for all students. This week, students were reminded of the following:
    • Keep cell phones put away in backpacks during class
    • Keep the school clean (please no gum on campus)
    • Keep to dress code policy
    • Please be on time for all classes (school start time 8:50:00)
    • Thank you, students and families, for helping us with these reminders.
  • Freshmen Overnighter Pics– here is the link to Freshmen Overnighter Pictures. As always, shout out to Stacee Lianna for capturing these wonderful memories for our students. We hope the DVS culture continues to stay strong, positive and welcoming.
  • Progress Reports will be sent out Week 7 (delayed one week). Thank you for your patience as we are transitioning, adjusting, and learning Canvas. For now, to see your student’s work and assignments, we encourage you to log in with your student’s Canvas account. For some classes, grades may be seen on Canvas, and you may continue to view grades on PowerSchool. 
  • Seminar Change Request Form– closes Tuesday, September 13th. 
  • DVS School Site Council  – Reminder that we are still looking to form our DVS School Site Council. School Site Council (SSC) is an opportunity for parents, students, and staff to work collaboratively to review the school program, review data and identify needs, and make recommendations for the Local Control and Accountability Plan. If you are interested in joining our DVS School Site Council, please fill out  School Site Council Parent Interest Form by Wednesday, 9/14 (extended due date). All submissions will be added to a voting form that will go out to the DVS parent community by 9/15. School Site Council members will be notified, on September 16th. SSC Meetings will be held on the following dates: 9/22, 1/19, 2/9, 5/18, and 6/1 from 4:30-5:30 via Zoom. 
  • Senior College Planning and Post-DVS Planning Meetings start this week and run until mid-October.  If you haven’t done so already, please sign up for a meeting with Ms. Marquez here.  Ms. Marquez is excited to support you this year as we begin the college application process. The agenda for these meetings will be a brief description of College, Career, and Life class, college letter reviews, a review of graduation requirements, and a discussion of colleges of interest. 
  • Parent Office Hours with Grace and Tim – will be even weeks, Thursdays 4:30-5:30 on this zoom link. The next parent office hours will be Week 6, Thursday, September 22nd at 4:30.
  • Upcoming Important Dates: 
    • 9/14- CEA Downtown LA Field Trip 
    • 9/16 PD Day (No School)
    • 9/22 School Site Council Meeting #1
    • 10/12 PSAT/SAT Testing Day
    • 10/17-10/21 Student-Led Conferences (SLCs)

Week 5 Schedule:

Suicide Prevention Day and Mental Health Support

September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day

Individuals and organizations around the world join their voices to broadcast the message that everyone can take action for suicide prevention. We all have a role to play in suicide prevention. There are actions you can take right now to support yourself and those around you:

  • Together we can Take Action for Mental Health by learning more, checking-in with ourselves and others, and getting support when needed. Visit www.takeaction4MH.com for more information.
  • Together we can Take Action for Suicide Prevention by knowing the signs for suicide, finding the words to check-in with someone we are concerned about, and reaching out to resources. Visit www.suicideispreventable.org for more information.

We view mental health and well-being as a priority. In support of this, we have invested in several resources that you can access whenever you need help. Remember, you are not alone and it is a true act of bravery and strength to seek help.  

We encourage you to utilize on-campus resources, and save the community resource so you can easily find them if you or someone you know needs help.

On campus:

  • Students can receive on-going on-campus therapy with a therapist from Antioch University or Pepperdine University. Please contact Ms. Ruiz, cruiz@davincischools.org for details. Parent permission is required to receive services from Antioch or Pepperdine.

In our community:

Da Vinci Schools has partnered with Care Solace to support our community’s mental health.

If you or a family member is looking for help with mental health or substance use, Care Solace can quickly find treatment options matched to your needs, regardless of the circumstance.

Care Solace’s care navigation services are confidential and complimentary to  Da Vinci Schools’s students, staff, and their families. Care Solace’s team is available 24/7/365 and can support you in any language.

If you would like to use Care Solace to help you find a provider:

  • Call 888-515-0595 available 24/7/365
  • Visit www.caresolace.com/davincischools and either search on your own OR click “Book Appointment” for assistance by video chat, email, or phone.

In an emergency:

  • Call 911 or and request a Crisis Intervention Trained (C.I.T.) response
  • Go to the closest emergency room for support
  • Call the National Suicide Prevention & Crisis Lifeline at 988 or chat at 988lifeline.org
  • Text “Hello” or “Home” to 741741 to connect with a crisis counselor
  • Trevor Lifeline LGBTQQ+ Crisis Support: 1-866-488-7386

College Representative Visits Start This Week

Hello DVS Families!  Visits from college representatives started this week and will continue throughout the semester.  All meetings are during lunch time and in Mr. Perez’s classroom.  Below is the schedule for this week:

Wednesday, 9/7: CSU Dominguez Hills
Thursday, 9/8: University of Southern California (USC)
Friday, 9/10: University of San Francisco

Future college representative visits will be included in the “Week Preview” . We encourage students to come learn about the programs and services of universities they are interested in.  All grade-levels are welcome!

Week 4 Preview

Hello DVS Families, 

We hope you are having a fabulous Labor Day weekend! We had a great time at the Freshmen Overnighter last week. Students were immersed in DVS culture by building relationships, having fun, playing games, and engaging in meaningful discussions about the type of school they want to have, and the type of people they want to be. It was a great time! Link to photos will be posted soon.

We also had our DVS Club Fair last week. We are looking forward to supporting students’ interests in various clubs. Please visit our DVS Club Site for more information.

This week we begin our Seminar Launch! Students will receive their new seminar schedules Tuesday morning during first period. We are happy to offer a wide variety of seminar choices and we do our best to honor seminar requests, however, please note there are capacity limitations on some seminars. If students would like to put in a seminar request change, the QR code and link to the Seminar Change Request Form will be posted around campus on Tuesday, 9/6, and will be due Tuesday, 9/13. 

This week, we will also be forming our DVS School Site Council. School Site Council (SSC) is an opportunity for parents, students, and staff to work collaboratively to review the school program, review data and identify needs, and make recommendations for the Local Control and Accountability Plan. If you are a parent interested in joining our DVS School Site Council, please fill out  School Site Council Parent Interest Form no later than Friday, September 9th. All submissions will be added to a voting form that will go out to the DVS parent community on September 13th, School Site Council members will be notified, on September 14th. SSC Meetings will be held on the following dates from 4:30-5:30 via Zoom: 9/22, 1/19, 2/9, 5/18, and 6/1.

Upcoming important dates:

9/16- PD Day (no school)

9/19- Honors Roll Out 

9/16- Progress Reports will be sent home

9/22- School Site Council Meeting #1

10/12- PSAT/SAT Testing Day

Happy Labor Day and have a great rest of the week! 

 

Post-DVS Planning Meetings for Senior Families

Happy Friday!

We are excited to support seniors as they begin exploring their Post-DVS plans.  All seniors are enrolled in College, Career & Life (CCL) with Mr. Perez, which is a course dedicated to the college application process during the fall semester.  Below are a few key topics we’ll be working on in CCL:

  • Finalize College List
  • Support with Personal Statement– process of self-exploration to help students share their story
  • Instructions about how to complete applications for California State University (CSUs), University of CA (UCs), community college and Common Apps (private and out of state universities)
  • Structured work-time with the goal of completing all college applications, which includes applying for financial aid prior to the Winter Break (CSU/UC – 11/30/22 deadline)

Additionally, seniors and their parent/guardian will have the opportunity to meet with Ms. Marquez, College Counselor, for an individualized Post-DVS planning meeting.  The purpose of this meeting is to have a personalized discussion on colleges of interest and answer questions about the application process, including financial aid. If students have plans other then attending college, we invite you to still set up a meeting to gain support with this planning. Meetings will run from September 13th and conclude in mid-October.  Parents/Guardians will attend the meeting via Zoom.  Please use this link to sign up for your meeting.

We’ve had a lot of success supporting DVS students as they seek their next steps in life and we are confident this year’s seniors will find similar success.  We look forward to continuing to support seniors!

 

Ms. Marquez and Mr. Perez

fmarquez@davincischools.org

rperez@davincischools.org 

 

 

Announcements from Real World Learning Director (08.31.2022)

Hello Da Vinci Scholars and Families,

Check out the new real-world learning opportunities below.

For students interested in mental health:

Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation is offering The Be There Certificate. This is a free, self-paced learning experience designed to increase mental health literacy and provide you with the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to safely support anyone who may be struggling with their mental health. It provides a deep understanding of Be There’s 5 Golden Rules — a simple but actionable framework on how to recognize when someone might be struggling with their mental health, your role in supporting that person, and how to connect them to the help they deserve.

For students interested in animation:

Story Xperiential is offering a 9-week online experience that takes you behind the scenes at Pixar and introduces you to world-class storytellers. You’ll follow the Pixar process to create a storyreel of your own short story. You’ll livestream with different Pixar storytellers every Monday, submit your work to a gallery and receive ongoing feedback. At the end, your work will be showcased in an online exhibition. Next session begins October 3rd. Artistic experience is not required, the program is all about story. The program costs $25 for youth ages (13-18) and $250 for youth ages 18+. To learn more & register, click here.

For students interested in science or are looking for a paying job:

The California Science Center is offering temporary positions for Community Teen Interns paying $16.04 an hour. You must be a sophomore, junior or senior with a minimum 2.0 GPA available to work starting October 1, 2022. See the flyer for details. Fill out this application and email it to hr@cscmail.org to apply.

For students interested in the tech world:

Innovate<her> is offering a free 45-minute virtual course on User Experience Design (UX). Understanding UX is a beginner course for creative thinkers, problem solvers, and game changers! Learn the basics of UX Design and get to know how a designer thinks. You don’t need any prior knowledge or any materials. You only need a computer and internet access. To apply, click here.

 

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